There were more than 10,000 DUI fatalities in the U.S. in 2022. Driving under the influence is a common criminal offense in Louisiana. And getting a DUI in Louisiana changes your life forever. Even if you serve time and pay fines, the conviction will still shape your future. Below are some of the consequences of going to jail for a DUI conviction.
Loss of driver’s license
A DUI conviction can lead to you losing your license, potentially affecting your ability to get to work. And if your job involves driving, you may lose the job. The loss of your license is like losing your freedom to drive whenever you want. Anything that requires driving can become more difficult to achieve. Things as simple as running errands, attending family events and socializing with friends can become a hassle.
Increased auto insurance premiums
After a DUI conviction, auto insurance companies will consider you a high-risk driver. Your current auto insurance provider could cancel your coverage. Even if your provider doesn’t cancel your coverage, the rates could double or triple. Finding new auto insurance coverage will also become more difficult and expensive.
Your coworkers, employer, friends and family may view you differently after your DUI. A DUI is a serious crime, and some people might wonder how you could do such a thing. It’s even possible that news of your DUI could spread across local or social media. The DUI could do long-term, and, possibly, irreparable damage to your reputation.
Preventing a DUI arrest or conviction
Getting a DUI is never a good situation. One night of bad judgment can ruin your life or that of someone else. The best way to prevent a DUI is to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.